In our first blog post of this series: Three Steps to Overcoming Resistance to Help – Step 1, we reflected on how our words and attitudes could be creating resistance rather than getting us closer to our goal of having professional help at home. Now, let’s take a look at step two on how we can gather the forces and use available resources.
Step 2: It Takes a Community to Help an Elder – Gather the Forces and Resources!
Often, concerned loved ones who wish their parents to have some help at home are met with resistance. You want to ease their burden yet still allow them the independence they desire. We may strive for independence at all stages of our lives, but in truth it takes a community to ensure an elderly person’s needs are being properly met. As John Donne once wrote, ‘no man is an island.’
You can’t expect to be the sole provider of care for your loved one, an island of care, it takes a community to help an elder. Turning to industry professionals like Premier Homecare Services, is a great place to start. Not only are we a great, one-stop source for resources, but your local Care Coordinator can understand your situation, however unique. We guide you towards getting your parent’s the help they need to remain home.
Your Premier Homecare Services Care Coordinator has a wealth of resources to share with you – or you can take time yourself to research available services in your community that may suit your loved one’s needs, ability and interests. Consider local community centers, clubs, libraries and even the YMCA.
Once a week is probably a good start for participating in any group activity, unless your parent is already socially active. If it’s hard for them to get around, find a way to bring a hobby closer to home. A professional Premier Caregiver can drop by for services including housekeeping, cooking, companionship and driving services.
Social interactions have a myriad of benefits, but can also bring your parents to see some of their peers situations, with care at home to help them live the life they want and deserve. Chances are they’ll be more receptive to the care you feel they need.
Look forward to our Third Step in Overcoming Resistance to Help! We would love your comments and experiences, so please leave a word with us below.
RELATED POSTS & RESOURCES:
When your elderly parents want to stay at home – PHS Blog article
Caring for the elderly: Dealing with resistance – Mayo Clinic blog article
Care management skills you can use – PHS Blog article
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